On October 20, 2020, a terrible three-day fire broke out in a factory in an industrial town in Japan, thankfully with no loss of life. Remarkably, this far-away disaster from a few months ago impacts your current ability to purchase a new car in the Pacific Northwest.
Getting around is a fundamental need. Every day, we must transport ourselves in some way to carry out basic activities, such as commuting to work, shopping or dropping off children to school. When public transportation is not available or practical, owning a motor vehicle is a necessity. (more…)
In most cases, yes, because they are deemed to provide an essential service for people who need to buy or have a vehicle repaired to drive to essential work, grocery stores or medical facilities. But there are exceptions. For example, one Toyota dealer was temporarily closed for deep cleaning after an employee tested positive for the virus.
On September 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency notified Volkswagen that it violated the Clean Air Act when installing a “defeat device” which circumvents emissions standards by giving false readings when tested. “Using a defeat device in cars to evade clean air standards is illegal and a threat to public health“, said EPA’s Cynthia Giles.
From time to time, this website will post notices concerning consumer and legal issues other than motor vehicles that are relevant to residents of Oregon and Washington State. This just in from the Oregon Department of Justice…
– Danielle Beauvais, Esq.
What was a rare occurrence has become common place. Jeep, Chrysler 200, Dodge and TLX owners, often panicked, bring their first-year vehicle to a dealer to complain about front axle vibrations at low speeds, transmission hesitation, unexpected downshifts, and even sudden lunges.
– By Danielle Beauvais, Esq.
For years, Volkswagen presented itself as a leader in clean diesel, until its recent admission that it illegally programmed software in 11 million vehicles worldwide to deceive emission testing.
– By Danielle Beauvais, Esq.
Picture this: you have your eyes on a new car. You would like to trade in your current vehicle to serve as down payment, but owing more on the car than the car is worth, you are “upside down” on your car loan. Just as your excitement begins to deflate, a bank agrees to roll the difference between the loan and the car’s current value into a new loan so you can buy the car. This previous loan remainder is called “negative equity” at the time of the new vehicle purchase.
Dealerships have found creative ways to deal with consumers’ negative equity in order to make more sales. Some practices are downright fraudulent, like fudging the numbers on the purchase contract in order to obtain financing.
In the article below, Young Walgenkim outlines fraudulent methods used by dealers to circumvent negative equity in order to sell more cars. This article was originally published by the Oregon Trial Lawyers’ Association.
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